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Sustainability in Our Facilities

Clorox’s long-term strategic plan calls for 20 percent reductions by 2020 in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, energy, water and waste-to-landfill of our manufacturing and distribution operations. All Clorox facilities follow a customized environmental management program that tracks, reports and ensures compliance in keeping with our biodiversity efforts and sustainability goals. And regulatory agencies — at both the federal and local level — conduct inspections regularly at all of our manufacturing facilities, focusing on the health, safety and environmental compliance of our product lines.

Energy

As part of our commitment to reduce energy consumption worldwide, we are investing in more energy-efficient equipment and employing more eco-efficient manufacturing practices. Since 2008, we successfully reduced our energy consumption by 25 percent on an intensity basis (per case of product sold) and 10 percent on an absolute basis. This represents a reduction of 83,000 megawatt-hours used in 2017 versus 2007. Reducing energy not only reduces our costs, it’s also better for the environment. For historical details prior to our current goal period, download Energy Consumption 2007-2011.

Our Goal

In 2012, we set a goal to decrease our energy use 20 percent (per case of product sold) by 2020 versus 2011 base year.

Our Progress

By 2017, we reduced our energy consumption by 17 percent on an intensity basis (per case of product sold versus 2011). On an absolute basis, we decreased energy use by 7 percent in this same period. This represents a reduction of 50,000 Mwh of energy used in 2017 versus 2011, which is the baseline year for our 2020 reduction goal.

Year-Over-Year Reduction of Energy Consumption (2011-2017)

Notes:

Clorox sold its Oakland, California, offices in 2013 and discontinued its Venezuela operations in 2014. Total energy consumption for 2011 (the baseline year for our 2020 reduction goal) was recalculated to exclude energy from these facilities. Data for 2012 and 2013 were not recalculated.

Clorox acquired Renew Life in 2016. Total energy consumption for 2011 (the baseline year for our 2020 energy reduction goal) was recalculated to include estimated energy consumption from related facilities associated with this acquisition. Data for 2012-15 were not recalculated.

Purchased Electricity (‘000 of MWh)
Calendar Year United States International Worldwide
2011 378 117 495
2012 368 109 477
2013 343 106 449
2014 346 111 457
2015 348 88 436
2016 358 87 445
2017 357 83 440

Breakdown of Total Fuel Consumption (2017 data shown below):

Purchased Fuel in ‘000 MWh
Fuel Type United States International Worldwide
Natural Gas 194 14 208
Fuel Oil 24 1 25
Propane 9 1 10
Other Mobile Sources 22 6 28

Breakdown of Total Fuel Consumption in ‘000 mega joules (2017 data shown below):

Purchased Fuel in ‘000 MJ
Fuel Type United States International Worldwide
Natural Gas 697,907 50,720 748,627
Fuel Oil 85,975 3,291 89,266
Propane 33,710 2,452 36,162
Other Mobile Sources 80,753 22,660 103,413

Renewable Energy

In fiscal year 2017, we installed solar panels at our Fairfield, California, plant and our regional distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland. Both solar panel arrays were built with a third-party provider as power purchase agreements, or PPAs. That means we didn’t spend company money to build these projects, and the facilities buy the power produced from the third party instead of from the utility. While both arrays generate renewable energy, we do not include the clean energy attributes of the Aberdeen RDC in the calculation of our GHG emissions because the third party retains the renewable energy credit rights in the PPA.

Oakland Headquarters LEED Certification

IIn 2010, Clorox was again recognized for its strong commitment to environmental stewardship when our corporate headquarters in Oakland, California, became one of only 38 buildings in the U.S. to achieve the highest level of eco recognition: platinum level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Existing Building certification (LEED-EB). While we sold the Oakland building in 2013, we continue to lease office space from the facility which has maintained its LEED-EB Platinum status. For more information, read about workplace initiatives on our GHG emissions page.

Kingsford Plant Woodpile Cover

Our Kingsford® brand’s Summer Shade, Kentucky, manufacturing facility installed a fabric superstructure — slightly larger than a football field and nine stories tall — over its woodpile to prevent the material from being exposed to the elements. With the woodpile protected, less energy is required to dry it before it’s used to make char, a key ingredient for manufacturing charcoal briquets.

Lighting Retrofits

Our North American manufacturing and distribution facilities are all equipped with energy-efficient T5/T8 lighting, and with motion sensors where appropriate. Extensive energy audits have identified opportunities to further improve other operating equipment and HVAC efficiencies.

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